Lagos State Police Command, says it has arrested one Victor Ebhomenyen aged 33, for driving against the traffic, assaulting and causing severe bodily injuries on an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Erhator Sunday, at Four Point Hotel, Oniru, Lagos State.
The incident which was captured in a video that went viral on social media on Saturday showed where two men were repeatedly assaulting an officer on duty and creating a scene on the road at Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
In a statement on Sunday, the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the Command has deemed it necessary and responsible to react and set the record straight on the incident which it said has been twisted against the Force.
“To set the record straight, on 17/4/21, at about 10:30am, one ASP Erhator Sunday, and team attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Command, who were on a convoy movement to drop off policemen at their various beats across the state, blocked and stopped a white Hyundai SUV, MUS 251 EH facing the convoy on ‘one way’, driven by the suspect, Victor, at Four Point Hotel, Oniru, Victoria Island, LagosState.
“When the police stopped the vehicle, the occupants, one Victor Ebhomenye and Etinosa Obaywana, angrily came down, confronted and violently assaulted ASP Erhator Sunday, inflicting severe bodily injuries on him.
“The Officer, who was armed with his official Ak 47 riffle, displayed a high level of professionalism amidst fierce provocations by resisting the temptation of using his rifle on the suspect.
“The prime suspect, Victor, is in the police custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, for investigation and prosecution as and when due, while effort is on to arrest his fleeing accomplice, Etinosa, who has been identified,” Adejobi explained.
He said the vehicle has been impounded, according to the provisions of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018, and taken to the Lagos State Taskforce Office, Oshodi, for appropriate penalty.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has commended the police personnel for their act of maturity, self-control, perseverance and professionalism in managing the incident, without any infringement on the suspect’s or any person’s human rights during the saga.
“He, therefore, advised police personnel in the command to emulate the act of professionalism, maturity and perseverance displayed by the assaulted officer and his colleagues despite series of provocations exhibited by the suspects and his fleeing accomplice at the scene,” the statement said.
Adejobi reiterated the warning of the Police boss against any violence or attack on the police and other security operatives in the state, saying that such will be professionally resisted and erring individuals be dealt with according to the provisions of the law.